At least five al-Shabaab fighters have been killed after heavy clashes with Kenyan military in Mandera town county near Kenya-Somalia border.
According to the officials in Mandera county, the fighters attempted to ambush the military convoy.
The ambush happened in Lafey, Mandera County near the Kenya-Somalia border.
One KDF soldier was also killed and two others wounded during the attack.
“The terrorists ambushed KDF officers along Alungu-Elwak Road on morning hours using grenades and guns,” the official said.
According to the sources, the Kenyan troops were heading to an airstrip when the militants laid an ambush, prompting gunfire.
Kenya’s northeastern region has been borne the brunt of grenade and gun attacks in the last several years since Kenya took its troops to Somalia to fight the al-Shabaab group.
Al-Shabaab group has been attacking areas along Kenya-Somalia border while targeting mostly non- locals working in the region.
Many people, majority of them non- locals have as a result lost their lives with others left with permanent injuries.
The group vowed to continue staging attacks on Kenya’s soil until the East Africa nation withdraws from Somalia.
Kenya had sent its troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight al-Shabaab following several attacks in Kenya’s coastal region allegedly conducted by the terror group.